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Can the effectiveness of antidepressants be explained by a placebo effect?

Short answer Don't believe everything you read. Background The article cited (Kirsch, 2014) appears in a German journal with a mediocre impact factor. Not the most convincing platform. I'll cite ...
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Is Hypnosis more effective than a placebo?

Answering your first question... This paper does a handy job of describing the situation. Specifically, it describes how "more effective" may not be the correct way of looking at the comparison ...
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Does the placebo effect diminish with time? Or is it consistent?

I think that depends on the condition or symptom that the placebo is supposed to ameliorate. For instance, any pain that is diminished by a placebo pill is likely to return, but the same is true after ...
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How can I run a placebo medication pills study? Practical advice needed

Ethical procedures are specific to your country and even differ between universities and sometimes even per department. Of course you know everything about the Declaration of Helsinki, being immersed ...
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Can the effectiveness of antidepressants be explained by a placebo effect?

Let me supplement Alice's nice answer with a few more points. Regarding there are antidepressants that do not enhance serotonin but suppress it. That seems to be tianeptine; it is often brought ...
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Study about addiction to placebo

I'm not aware of a more systematic study, but I'm aware of some (old) case reports, best summarized in this 1978 1-para letter-to-the editor (of AJP): SIR: I would like to comment on the ...
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Give me 5 simple reasons why Applied Kinesiology is bogus

Here is more than 5 reasons: Applied Kinesilogy a Fraud Here are some findings that point to Applied Kinesiology being fraudulent: Three practitioners testing eleven subjects made ...
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What is the bias called when listening to the same sound repeatedly?

Short answer In psychophysics, positive hit-rates on zero-intensity stimuli are called false positives. Background In psychophysics, it is a common phenomenon where subjects say they perceived ...
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